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An Damhshraith
Looking east - up 'Main Street' - on the Leitrim side
Looking east - up 'Main Street' - on the Leitrim side
Dowra is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 54°07′N 8°01′W / 54.11°N 8.01°W / 54.11; -8.01Coordinates: 54°07′N 8°01′W / 54.11°N 8.01°W / 54.11; -8.01
Country Ireland
Province Connacht
County Leitrim
Elevation 57 m (187 ft)
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference G989267

Dowra (Irish: An Damhshraith, meaning "The Shrine of the Ox") is a village in northeast County Leitrim, Ireland. Nestled in a valley to the north of Lough Allen,[1] it is the first village on, and marks the most uppermost navigable point of, the River Shannon. On one side of its bridge is County Leitrim; on the other is County Cavan. The nucleus of the village is situated in the Leitrim side. It is located on the junction of the R200 and R207 regional roads.


Bus Éireann route 462 serves Dowra on Saturdays only linking it to Drumkeeran, Dromahair and Sligo.[2]


The village was formed in the late 19th century after another village close by, Tober, was washed away by landslides in the summer of 1863. The remains of the Black Pig's Dyke can be seen outside the village.[citation needed] It is noted on the Ordnance Survey's Edition of 1911 Six-inch to One-mile map, 1/2 mile west of Dowra alongside the River Shannon (forming part of the Leitrim / Cavan border) - see Leitrim Sheet 5. It is again noted 3/4 mile downstream just below where the Owennayla River joins the Shannon on the east side of Canbeg Township, Co. Leitrim - see Leitrim Sheet 18.

Places of interest[edit]

The source of the River Shannon, known as the Shannon Pot is located about 12 km (7 miles) to the north. The Leitrim Way hiking trail starts in the village and the Cavan Way passes through it. The Miners' Way is nearby

Restoration of Dowra Courthouse was completed in 2014 with the new building opening as a Community Creative Arts Space.[3]


The main industries in the locality are agriculture, forestry and construction. There is a livestock market held every Saturday.[4]


The national school in Dowra, which is in County Leitrim just an across the bridge from the village.


The village church is located approximately 5 km north and is called the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Doobally.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ An Taisce sees Dowra as model village whose rare qualities must be preserved, Irish Times, 12 April 2002
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  3. ^ Restored former Dowra Courthouse transforms village, The Cavan Times, 19 November 2014
  4. ^ Healy, Joe. New Year quotes off to a flyer: SHEEP, Irish Independent 6 January 2015